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The National Disability Insurance Scheme is one of the major Australian reform programs of recent decades, promising to transform the provision of support for people with disability.

With the transition to NDIS well-underway, Catholic social service providers met on 15 December to take stock of progress and of issues faced in providing the services that are needed.

There is much work to be done.

Catholic Social Services Victoria is currently working with Catholic housing providers and others to look at opportunities for parishes to support the development of social housing. So far 98 parishes and religious communities that have advised that more than 220 people are supported in social housing. This is worth celebrating! We are working with Catholic agencies that provide social housing and homelessness services to increase this level of social housing.

 
A small group, committed to improving the lives of refugees and asylum seekers, spent a lunch time writing letters to local Members of Parliament on Tuesday 5 December at the Cardinal Knox Centre in East Melbourne. 
 
The hand written letters call on Members of Parliament to bring those sent to Nauru and Manus Island to safety in Australia in a timely and humane fashion where they can have their claims processed in safety and with dignity. The letters also call for a speed up in the process for resettlement in the USA and for the Australian Government to accept the New Zealand offer to take 150 of these refugees.
 
This is an exercise that can be organised in any workplace, parish, etc. 
Catholic Health Australia invite participation in a seminar on 15 February that will focus on care in a diverse society, and suffering, dying and individual autonomy. Dr Carol Taylor, International Catholic Ethicist, will be joined by Melbourne-based ethicist Fr Kevin McGovern and Palliative care specialist Dr Natasha Michael in presenting the seminar. Download flyer here.

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